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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

What Makes A Good Design?

We all know perfectly well it is almost impossible to separate the best design from a whole bunch of good designs. A person's needs and expectations are deciding factors in determining exactly which the best design is. And we all have different needs and expectations.

While the above is true, it also always important to keep in mind that there are already established, agreed-upon characteristics a website must possess to consider it good. To make sure that your web design passes the test, keep the following in mind.

1. Decide on a general theme.

At the beginning of the web design process, a theme must be placed. This theme will serve as a backbone to which all other aspects of the web design are based upon. Having one theme suggests unity and harmony and therefore creates an impression of a well-balanced company or personality.

2. Write honestly and correctly.

Text read on a website must be written with pure honesty. Viewers appreciate transparency and are always delighted when they are given their due. Also, proofread everything you put on your website. Make sure that your sentences are grammatically correct, your paragraphs are in order, and the flow of your essays or write-ups is fluid.

3. Post relevant background and graphic images.

Make sure that the images you provide on your website are in tune with your theme and text. You simply cannot write about peace and order and have a picture of a gun as your background. You also cannot put
up a site for young professionals and put a graphic image of a cartoon character in the background. Again, it really is all about harmony. Also, make sure that your background doesn't steal attention away from the content of you website. If you want to exhibit your talent in the visual arts, do it in a separate web page.

4. Link up.

Do not put everything you want to say in one page. Otherwise, your website will be a drag and will be too heavy for one's sight. Use hyperlinks and name the accordingly. If you have more than twenty links, categorize them according to what they have in common. Put pictures in one category; services in another.

5. Create different versions for your website.

You cannot expect everybody to be able to view your website especially if you make use of new plug-ins and programs. Be reminded that not everybody is given the privilege to keep their computers up to and you should be able to serve everyone. Also make sure that your website is readable by all web browsers Internet Explorer, Mozilla, MSN, etc.

6. Ask your audience.

Provide a way for your viewers to contact you. You may give them your email address and other contact information. Should they have comments and suggestions for you to further improve your website, allow them to express themselves. If you donn't feel comfortable with providing personal contact details, post a guestbook in your website.

Put yourself in a viewer's shoes. Evaluate and assess how you would want to see your site if you were a customer. This way, you may actually create the best design for you and your visitors.


1 comment:

  1. And thats ow you see a good design.
    Trust me a good design makes you feel looking at it..